Primitive Canoe To Recreate Ancient Sea Voyage

Primitive canoe to recreate ancient sea voyage

A group of Japanese researchers will use a primitive canoe to recreate an ancient sea voyage. They hope to learn how humans traveled from Taiwan to Okinawa 30 thousand years ago. The experiment will involve a journey of over 200 kilometers.

The group of archaeologists, led by Yousuke Kaifu of the National Museum of Nature and Science, previously set out for Taiwan in a vessel made of grass from Yonaguni island in Okinawa three years ago. The researchers later tested a primitive bamboo raft on a journey starting in Taiwan. Both attempts failed, as currents pushed the vessels off course. The researchers decided to embark on a rowing voyage in a cedar canoe carved using ancient tools.

Japan, Russia To Conduct Joint Sea Drill

Japan, Russia to conduct joint sea drill

A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer has made a port call in Vladivostok for joint drills with the Russian Navy.

The exercise has been held since 1998. Japan and Russia take turns as host.

Asdf Jet Disappears Over The Sea Off Aomori

ASDF jet disappears over the sea off Aomori

Japan's Air Self-Defense Force says an F35A fighter jet disappeared from radar over the sea off Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan, at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Japan Time.

ASDF officials said the aircraft took off from Misawa air base at around 7:00 p.m., and disappeared at a point about 135 kilometers east of Misawa City.

Traditional New Year's Festival Held In Sea

Traditional New Year's festival held in sea

People in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, have enjoyed a unique New Year's festival in which they parade portable shrines in the sea.

About 150 people gathered in the city of Takahagi to carry the 2 shrines, or "mikoshi" in Japanese, on their shoulders. One weighs about 150 kilograms and the other 300 kilograms.

Heavy Snow Hit Areas On The Sea Of Japan Coast

Heavy snow hit areas on the Sea of Japan coast

Weather officials are warning of further snowfall in areas along the Sea of Japan coast.

The Meteorological Agency says the influx of a strong cold air mass due to a winter pressure pattern has brought heavy snow to mountainous areas along the Sea of Japan coast.

Snowfall Continues Along Japan Sea Coast

Snowfall continues along Japan Sea coast

Heavy snow fell on mountainous areas in Japan on Friday night. Snowfall also continued mostly along the Japan Sea coast from northern to western Japan.

The Meteorological Agency says the winter-type weather pattern strengthened, bringing in cold air mass.

Heavy Snow Expected Along Sea Of Japan Coast

Heavy snow expected along Sea of Japan coast

Japanese weather officials say snow is intensifying along the Sea of Japan coast. They are warning of possible transportation disruptions during the year-end holiday season.

The Meteorological Agency says heavy snow is expected in mountainous areas in eastern and western Japan in the coming days. It adds snow may accumulate on the ground in some parts of the Tokai and Kansai regions.

Japan, Us Conduct Joint Drill Over East China Sea

Japan, US conduct joint drill over East China Sea

Japan's Defense Ministry says the Air Self-Defense Force carried out a joint training exercise with the US Air Force on Thursday over the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan.

According to the announcement made on Friday, 16 Japanese fighter planes, mostly F-15s, joined a US B-52 bomber in the drill.

Cimaron Heading North In The Sea Of Japan

Cimaron heading north in the Sea of Japan

Weather officials say Typhoon Cimaron, which has been downgraded to a severe tropical storm, is heading north in the Sea of Japan.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says Cimaron was 270 kilometers north off Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, as of noon on Friday. It was moving north-northeast at a speed of 45 kilometers per hour.

Storm Heading North In The Sea Of Japan

Storm heading north in the Sea of Japan

Weather officials say Typhoon Cimaron, which has been downgraded to a severe tropical storm, is heading north in the Sea of Japan.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says Cimaron was about 200 kilometers north-northwest off Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, as of 9 AM Friday. It was moving north-northeast at a speed of 50 kilometers per hour.

Heat Continues On Japan Sea Coast After Typhoon

Heat continues on Japan Sea coast after typhoon

Communities along the Sea of Japan coast are forecast to have another scorching day on Monday after tropical storm Jongdari moved across the country from east to west.

The Meteorological Agency says that on Sunday southerly winds around the storm blew over the mountains, bringing warm winds to areas on the Sea of Japan.